Become an Official

2018-19 Licensing

Licensing has closed for the 2018-19 school year for fall and winter sports (football, volleyball, swimming/diving, hockey, gymnastics, basketball and wrestling).  Licensing for the 2019-20 school year will open May 1, 2019.

Licensing Process

  • Submit the online licensing application and pay fees. To access the online application, go under the Officials tab and select Online Licensing. Note:  High school students do not have to pay any licensing fees but must license through their athletic director.
  • Once the application is received you will receive an email from the WIAA indicating that you need to complete the Authorization Form for a Background Check (there will be a link in the email to this form).
  • Once the WIAA receives the background check results, the application will be processed
  • Rules books and exam/video information will be sent about 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the season.
  • Online rules exams and videos will be available on the WIAA website about 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the season.  In order to advance in classification, officials need to complete the exam by indicated date (and score the required percentage) and watch the rules video by indicated deadline date every year. In order to advance to L5 and Master officials need to have the required amount of varsity contests listed in their profile. 
  • A detailed description of all classification advancement requirements can be found in the Guide for Officials - click here to access the Guide.
  • An officials license is good from August 1 to July 31.  The renewal period for the next year starts May 1.  Renewal must be completed prior to the first Friday in June to avoid being charged a $30 late fee.
  • If there is an official's association in your area, it is highly recommend you join the association.
  • Officials are independent contractors and not employees of the WIAA or its member schools.

Licensing Information

Become An Official Brochure
Licensing Information (please read before completing application process)
2018-19 Licensing Application (printable copy)
Reciprocity Info. for WI Residents
2018-19 Reciprocity Application (printable copy)

Current and Former Members of the Armed Forces

The WIAA continues to offer individuals that have served or are still serving in the Armed Forces the opportunity to license as a WIAA sport official by waiving the basic licensing fee and the sport fee for two years.  This offer is extended to those individuals that are licensing as a WIAA sport official for the first time or renewing their license for their second year.  Please print the application below and send it to the address on the form along with some type of documentations verifying military service.

Become an Official Brochure - Military
2018-19 Licensing Application (printable copy) - for use only by individuals that have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces and are licensing for their first or second year).  

  Thank you InCheck in joining our efforts to recruit current and former Armed Forces personnel to become involved in high school officiating by providing initial background checks at no cost. 

Thank you Cliff Keen & Honigs Whistle Stop in joining our efforts to recruit current and former Armed Forces personnel to become involved in high school officiating by providing discounts on officials merchandise to these individuals.


Guide for Officials
Training Resources
The National Association of Sports Officials has training resources & other information.  Click here to visit their site
NASO Referee Training Center - Click Here
NASO Association Advance Training Information for Officials Association - Click Here

Organization Listings

Officials Advisory Committee
Officials Associations
Conference Commissioners

More Information

Officials can log in now for additional resources:

  • Officials directory and personal profile information
  • Additional forms and publications
  • Sport-specific resources

WIAA officials

Uniform & Equipment Providers

Click on logo below to access Cliff Keen website.

Click on logo below to access Honigs website.

Click on logo below to access Gerry Davis Sports website.

Click on Smitty Official's Apparel  below to access website.
Smitty Official's Apparel

Local sporting goods dealers may have uniforms and equipment as well.

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Wisconsin Interscholastic
Athletic Association
5516 Vern Holmes Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54482-8833
Phone (715) 344-8580
Fax (715) 344-4241
Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM